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Firth of Thames foreshore east and west stopbanks

This project will see the upgrade of the foreshore east and west stopbanks to design standard. These stopbanks, constructed in 1961, provide coastal and flood protection to the pastoral land between the Waihou, Piako and Waitakaruru rivers.

The work is critical for the flood protection of the Hauraki Plains, from the Firth of Thames to Te Aroha on the Waihou River, to almost Morrinsville on the Piako River. This includes all highways, roads, schools, reserves, etc. The material for the upgrade works will come from the local area using silt traps, thereby reducing sedimentation in waterways, increasing water quality and removing transportation needs.

  • Total project cost: $3m
  • Project duration: 3 years
  • Jobs expected over project life: 27